Paul J. Katrich
Positively Unique and Rather Extraordinary
(for Unique and Extraordinary People)
A Katrich Treasury
The Artist's Choice of
Favorite Luster Vessels
Themes from Nature
The Descriptions are by Paul J. Katrich
"Hudson River Valley", 1105 (10-1/2"):
Adam Macagna Collection.
"This vase is an homage to the 19th Century
American painters of the Hudson River School.
The bucolic landscapes, glowing sunsets and
accomplished techniques of these artists provide
inspiration and challenge to their modern counterparts.
"Ceramic materials, properly handled, allow for
saturated colors. These can appear much like a
varnished oil painting. I experienced considerable
satisfaction in the making of this piece. It was
easy to lose track of time in the process."
"Over The Waves", 1074 (8"):
"Chevrons of light moving across a moonlit ocean."
"Magnolia", 1073 (6-1/2"):
Phillip Morici Collection.
"This vase is a true depiction of a magnolia tree
in my front yard. Like certain Japanese paintings,
it takes advantage of the "happy accident" to impart
life and motion."
"Midwestern Summer", 1011 (16"):
Everson Museum Collection.
"My impression of the landscape rapidly passing,
while driving rural roads in Ohio and Illinois
in high summer. The glaze was intended to recall
the azure sky, gold and green fields, and
sun-dappled trees. To me, cornfields, wild grass
and uncultivated trees are the unappreciated, natural
beauty of the common experience. They represent life,
vitality and well-being: the quintessential America.
"I was honored when this piece was chosen for the
permanent collection of the Everson Museum."
"The Trees That Stand Asleep", 1003 (16-1/4"):
"The title of the vase comes from a poem:
"Frost that brings no dying to the
trees that stand asleep."
"In my environment, I've learned to appreciate
the special beauty of winter. Depicted here is
dormant nature pulsing with potential life.
Nothing ever really dies."
"When Summer Ends", 0962 (13-3/4"):
Mobile Museum of Art Collection.
"This is my impression of the last hold of
summer, as it turns to autumn. Jackson Pollock,
an artist whom I admire, has exerted a sub-conscious
influence on my pottery: flows and drips are
natural to the glazing process."
"Sunrise, Sunset", 0942 (5-3/4"):
"An entire summer day in three dimensions."
"Lost Horizon", 0870 (15"):
Ron and Miriam Forim Collection.
"The idea of a private Eden is very appealing:
tropical colors, perpetual sunlight,
mile-high waterfalls. This is the full chroma
of a sheltered, endless summer, where the
troubles of the world cannot intrude."
"Summer - August Dawn", 0804 (10-1/2"):
"Autumn" - When the Leaves Fall", 0815 (12"):
"Winter - The First Snowfall", 0810 (12-1/2"):
Private Collection in New York City;
"Spring - The Winds Of April", 0816 (10-1/4"):
"These vases were the keynote works for my solo show -
"Four Elements, Four Seasons", at the YWCA of the
City of New York Gallery, in 2004.
"They are true impressions of scenes from one of my windows
through the passage of a year. Although abstract, I
attempted to capture the color, movement and textures
of this universal theme."
"Frost and Fire", 0766:
"I often make pairings of opposites in my work.
Visual paradoxes can create considerable energy.
Where strangers meet, excitement begins."
Paul J. Katrich and his luster vessel
"A Midwinter's Night", 0678 (14-3/4"):
"Few things in nature are as peaceful as a
January night under a thick blanket of snow.
"This vase was a special creation for the
YWCA of the City of New York, in 2003. It was
sold at auction with all proceeds benefiting
the organization. At the time, it was the
largest-extant example of my work, achieving
a record price at public sale."
Treasury of Katrich Pottery
A Personal Note from the Artist
Dear Friends, Patrons and Pottery Enthusiasts,
From the past decade, I have assembled
these examples of my pottery to create
a "virtual museum." I believe these vessels
to be of special merit, both aesthetic and
technical. They are sentimental favorites,
because of uniquely successful glazes, and
expressive of broad and unusual inspirations.
It has proven a fascinating exercise and
aide to memory, to sift through the
1200 extant works.
I wish to express my gratitude for the interest
and cooperation of my patrons, whose help has
been invaluable. All of the wonderful photographs
are the work of George A. Lees, who bears great
responsibility for the prosperity of this enterprise.
Paul J. Katrich
Internet Archive and History
We have kept this Internet archive since
the earliest existence of the vessels.
Believing Katrich Pottery to have permanent
value and historical resonance, we have
expended substantial resources, both material
and intellectual, to maintain this record.
In so much as possible, it is absolutely complete.
This documentation virtually assures the
authenticity and integrity of all Katrich vessels,
however far they may travel. Our collectors will
always enjoy total access to the true story of
their cherished pottery.
To our knowledge, no other studio pottery,
vintage or modern, can claim so sober and
comprehensive an account of unique work.
In the realm of ceramics, nothing comparable
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Design and Lecture Services
Paul J. Katrich is a modern traditionalist.
He is also a degreed Art Historian
and frequent guest lecturer in the
fine and decorative arts.
An accomplished sculptor and artist in many media,
he offers a variety of professional design services.
Mr. Katrich serves as Secretary on the Board of the
American Art Pottery Association.
"I am always delighted to speak to
you regarding your needs and interests.
I am pleased to discuss gallery and museum shows,
charitable events, commissions, lectures or
special purchases. You may expect a prompt
and polite response." - Paul J. Katrich
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Fine Art Pottery
The contemporary pottery of Paul J. Katrich
consists of fine, hand-thrown ceramic vessels,
fired with rare colors and treatments,
including in-glaze iridescent lusters.
Each piece is utterly unique
in design and execution:
no repetition is possible.
Flawed or inferior examples are
destroyed: no second-quality Katrich
pottery is ever permitted to enter
The Pottery Marks
of Paul J. Katrich
his Registered Trademark
(a Grecian Sphinx)
was glazed and fired
onto the bottom
of the vessels.
Beginning in 2006
his "KATRICH" name was included
below his Registered Trademark
(a Grecian Sphinx), and then
glazed and fired together
onto the bottom of the vessels.
The Katrich Mark
A Personal Description by the Artist
"A Grecian Sphinx appears on all authentic ceramic works of Paul J. Katrich.
The Sphinx is a symbol shrouded in myth and antiquity; revered in many cultures.
"I adopted this signature to demonstrate respect for the artists of the ancient East,
whose pottery is a constant source of wonder. For me, the Sphinx is a guardian
of arcane knowledge and many mysteries.
"By tradition, the vessel held in her paws denotes life and special insight.
"She has faithfully served Katrich Studios, as a companion and good-luck token, for many years.
May she do as much for the possessor."
Paul J. Katrich
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